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Joe Biden came, saw, but failed to conquer Turkey

Posted by seumasach on August 26, 2016

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Asia Times

26th August, 2016

If US Vice President Joe Biden hoped for a trade-off with Turkish President Recep Erdogan – US assurances over Euphrates River ‘red line’ for Kurdish militia in lieu of Turkey’s acquiescence with Islamist preacher Fetullah Gulen remaining in Pennsylvania – that was not to be. ‘Euphrates Shield’ pre-empted Biden’s bidding. Erdogan thereby made Gulen’s extradition a ‘stand-alone’ issue. US’s Syria policies are in free fall and Turkey is increasingly eyeing Russia and Iran as its key interlocutors to resolve the Syrian problem.

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End the Syrian war

Posted by seumasach on August 21, 2016

Pakistan Today

21st August, 2016

First Russian involvement changed the fortunes of the Syrian civil war to a large extent. Then first some, and later much, of the world began a sort of decoupling with the Gulf regimes, especially Saudi Arabia, and moved closer to Iran. Then the Syrian Arab Army started regaining lost cities and highways, especially the route from the Turkish border to the disputed city of Aleppo; which no longer supplies rebels with American anti-tank weapons, etc. And now, with the Americans, GCC, Nato, etc, on the back foot, the Chinese have also engaged with the war, training the Syrian forces as they close the noose around the rebels, particularly ISIS.

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Hello, want to push back at Uncle Sam? Then go to Syria

Posted by seumasach on August 19, 2016

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Asia Times

18th August, 2016

 

Turkish President Recep Erdogan’s recent visit to St Petersburg to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russian jet fighters taking off from an Iranian base for the first time to hit Syrian targets and Erdogan’s proposed visit to Iran probably next week point to a trilateral Turkey-Iran-Russia format emerging on Syria. China seems to be entering the equation laterally as indicated by top military officer Rear Admiral Guan Youfei’s meeting with Syrian Defense Minister Fahad Jassim al-Freij in Damascus. Turkey, Iran, Russia and China have a shared interest or even need to push back at the US, each for its own reasons.

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Turkey harmonises with Russia, Iran on Syria

Posted by seumasach on August 17, 2016

M.K.Bhadfrakumar

Indian Punchline

15th August, 2016

The reported remarks Monday by Turkish Prime Minister Binaldi Yildirim regarding a 3-step road map for ending the Syrian conflict would be the latest indication that Ankara is tiptoeing toward restoring Turkish-Syrian relations at the diplomatic and political level.

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Russia, US edging nearer to agreement on Alleppo

Posted by seumasach on August 15, 2016

PressTV

15th August, 2016

Russian military officials say Moscow is close to reaching an agreement with Washington on how to coordinate fight against militants in Syria’s war-ravaged city of Aleppo.

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Putin, Erdogan have a deal on Syria

Posted by seumasach on August 13, 2016

Russia enters into a military alliance with a NATO member: a historic shift of immense proportions. The ball is in the court of the EU/USA now: to accept a new reality or to continue in the futility of new cold war, anti-Russian hysteria. Turkey, as many predicted has emerged as a pivotal power in the 21st century. Like Russia it looks both East and West and towards the unification of the “world island” as Mackinder termed it: a free trade area from Lisbon to Vladivostok no longer looks so far away. All this as Washington shifts towards Oceanic retrenchment and the vagaries of “containment” of China. We are not moving forward in a straight line but we are moving forward.

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Asia Times

13th August, 2016

After Turkish President Recep Erdogan’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in St Petersburg, Ankara says the next administration in Syria should be inclusive and secular so that everyone can live with their beliefs. This is as close as Turkey has ever come to accept that Assad has a legitimate role to play.

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Turkey no longer an obstacle to the US-Russian cooperation in Syria

Posted by seumasach on July 22, 2016

Sputnik News

22nd July, 2016

There are clear signs that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is leaving the anti-Russian coalition and will no longer be an obstacle to the US-Russian cooperation in Syria championed by Secretary of State John Kerry and his counterparts, Professor Stephen F. Cohen notes.

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Many Americans regard ceasefire in Syria as defeat

Posted by seumasach on February 29, 2016

TASS

28th February, 2016

MOSCOW, February 28. /TASS/. Many Americans regard the ceasefire in Syria as a defeat, Chairman of the State Duma committee for foreign affairs Alexey Pushkov said.

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US, Russia revive the Syrian peace process

Posted by seumasach on February 25, 2016

 Kerry: “Cooperation between Russia and the United States via foreign and military agencies will be stipulated as part of further work.”

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

22nd February, 2016

What is cooking between Russia and Iran? Evidently, there is something terribly important happening for Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu to make a rushed visit to Tehran on Sundayso soon after his Iranian counterpart’s ‘working visit’ to Moscow only last week. Shoigu brought a message from President Vladimir Putin, which he handed over in person to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. No further details have been divulged.

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NATO won’t support Ankara in conflict with Russia

Posted by seumasach on February 21, 2016

NATO Warns Turkey It Won’t Support Ankara in Conflict With Russia

Sputnik News

20th February, 2016

As tensions escalate between Turkey and Russia, NATO has warned Ankara that it will not take part in a war provoked by the Turkish government.

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NATO General: Russia will bring peace to Syria

Posted by seumasach on February 15, 2016

Turkey offers catastrophe

Sputnik News

15th February, 2016

Moscow has developed a plan that will bring an end to the brutal struggle which has cost hundreds of thousands of lives and displaced millions more in Syria; however, the West should ensure that Turkey won’t undermine all efforts to resolve the crisis, former chairman of the NATO Military Committee Harald Kujat said.

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